WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The chief of naval personnel (CNP) defines force stabilization and its impact on Sailors and the Navy - both now and in the future - during his most recent podcast released April 28.
Force stabilization is an ongoing effort to stabilize the Navy's end strength while continuing to support the joint fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, maintain fleet readiness and minimize the stress on Sailors and their families by providing stable and predictable manning to the fleet.
As we stabilize the force, "commands and Sailors have to be focused at being brilliant on the basics. This involves career development boards, command sponsorship programs and mentoring programs," said Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson.
The transition allows for greater focus on retaining and rewarding top Sailors while sustaining a quality force.
"We want to sustain the careers of our top performers. We would like to reward those Sailors with enlistment bonuses [for those] that are in our critical skills and safeguard their careers," said Ferguson. "It is important to build this balanced and agile fleet as we go forward into the future."
To listen to the complete podcast, visit http://www.navy.mil/media/audio/cnp/cnp_force/cnppodcast.htm.
To find out more about force stabilization, visit www.npc.navy.mil.
For more news from the Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp.